Judge: Mississippi Law Creates Inequality for Same-Sex Marriage

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June 28, 2016


Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday.

The effect of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is that the state can’t enforce part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law Friday.

Reeves is extending his previous order that overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. He says circuit clerks are required to provide equal treatment for all couples, gay or straight. He also said that all 82 circuit clerks must be given formal notice of that requirement.

Mississippi’s religious objections measure, House Bill 1523 , was filed in response to last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide. That ruling is called the Obergefell case, after the man who filed it.

“Mississippi’s elected officials may disagree with Obergefell, of course, and may express that disagreement as they see fit — by advocating for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision, for example,” Reeves wrote Monday. “But the marriage license issue will not be adjudicated anew after every legislative session.”

  • jdp

    JDP…LEARN THIS LESSON: A NATION WAS DESTROYED BECAUSE IT DID NOT REPENT, BUT NIVAVAH WAS SPARED, ISRAEL WAS DESTROYED, THE LESSON IS FOR A NATION TO REPENT OF THEIR SINS OR ELSE.

  • jdp

    JDP…ALL THOSE WHO APPROVE [PASS LAWS TO EFFECT] SAM SEX PARTNERS ARE CALLED BY GOD REPROBATE MINDED AND IF THEY DON’T REPENT BRINGS JUDGMENT ON THEMSELVES.

  • jdp

    JDP…THE SCOUTS HAD NO BUSINESS TAKING AWAY FROM WHAT GOD ESTABLISHED, TO DO SO IS PARAMOUNT TO JUDGMENT OF HIS WRATH.

  • jdp

    jdp…individuals must obey God at all cost, that means [HEAR YE HIM] MY BELOVED SON JESUS THE CHRIST.

  • jdp

    jdp…Almighty God created man and woman joining the two of them in mariage, thus the family was formed of strengths sand weakness from both side of the mariage, and God called those leaving the natural function i.e. men with men and wemon with wemon reprobates. Godly correctness is in the bible not political correctness.

  • justinwachin

    Marriage is an issue that should be left to the states. The Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision was more about judicial activism than the Constitution.

    With that said, clerks are hired to issue marriage licenses. Their job is to see that the form is completed and any necessary documentation is provided. Their granting a license does not imply that they approve of the marriage. I suspect many of these clerks have issued marriage licenses to heterosexual couples while personally disapproving of the particular marriage.

    We need to consider how we would respond if the issue came down to a Muslim mail carrier who refused to deliver Christmas cards because they violated his religious beliefs. I would say that I wasn’t asking him to convert to Christianity but to do his job and deliver the mail. If he was unwilling to deliver the cards I would suggest he should look for a different job. Traveling to the Post Office to get the cards would not be an acceptable compromise. If the clerk is unwilling to grant marriage licenses to gays he/she should look for another job.

  • TeaPartyPatriot

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    One way to stop this idiocracy is to get the state/gov out of the marriage business. Marriage is a religious institutiion and should remain strictly a religious rite. Stop the gov from collecting funds from marriage licenses and granting exemptions/deductions on taxes for marriage

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  • Shaymamma8

    Good for the Supreme Court, so sick of fake so-called born again christains imposing their beliefs on others…. There is room for every one!!

    • Spunky387

      I’m curious as to why you call them “fake so-called born again Christians.” Do you know their hearts? Are you a party to their relationship with Christ? Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you are always right or that you never do anything wrong. Christians are human, just like everyone else and are subject to the same trials and tribulations that others are in daily life (and we fail as often as the next person). A Christian is just someone that believes in a higher power and acknowledges that they are messed up and in need of a Savior, whom we call Jesus. Our guidebook is the Bible. The Bible states that homosexuality is wrong, so the vast majority of us believe that – however, most don’t hate the people that engage in homosexuality, but rather, we have strong views and choose not to engage in or support something that our faith tells us is wrong. Marriage is a religious institution- not a government institution. Many on the left always talk about “Separation of Church and State” (which isn’t even in the Constitution), but if the left chooses to use those words, then the government should stay out of religious institutions. Get rid of the marriage tax breaks by going to a flat tax and then there really isn’t a reason for a homosexual marriage (and they can live however they want). There are documents that can be filed like POA, Wills, trusts, etc. that take care of end of life decisions, property, etc. Your statement about how Christians are imposing their beliefs on others is no different than me saying that homosexuals are forcing their beliefs on everyone else. The left is consistently “forcing their beliefs” on everyone else and if you don’t agree with it, you are branded as whatever term the left wants to use to demonize you. I have my views and you have yours, but are mine any better or worse than yours?

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